(Photo: Dusko Marusic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Dusko Marusic/PIXSELL)

The Večernji List daily wrote over the weekend that the commission's report indicated that the Slovenian intelligence service participated in attempts to conceal impermissible communication between Slovenia's arbitration agent and a court arbiter in order to secure a favourable verdict in a case that eventually went in Slovenia's favour. The ruling resulted in territorial gains at Croatia's expense along their shared border in Savudrija Bay.

In 2015 Croatia walked out of the border arbitration proceedings following the release of recordings of covert contacts between the representative of Slovenia's Foreign Ministry and Slovenia's member of the arbitration tribunal. It was revealed that the pair had been lobbying other arbiters to hand down a verdict in Slovenia's favour.

Since then, Croatia has maintained that the arbitration was irreversibly compromised and has refused to implement the tribunal's subsequent ruling.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman both repeated that the border dispute must be resolved bilaterally.

Source: HINA